17 April 2020
On 9 April the Global Fund Board approved a new response mechanism to support countries to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on programs to fight HIV, TB, malaria and systems for health. The COVID-19 Response Mechanism authorizes funding of US$500 million and comes in addition to up to US$500 million in grant flexibilities previously announced by the Global Fund. Learn more
The Global Fund sent the following update on accessing the new mechanism to Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Principal Recipients and Local Fund Agents.
Actualización del mecanismo de respuesta a la COVID-19 para los países ejecutores de programas
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on the most vulnerable communities worldwide and threatens progress against HIV, TB and malaria. The Global Fund is providing immediate funding of US$500 million to help countries fight COVID-19, mitigate the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs, and prevent fragile health systems from being overwhelmed.
The purpose of this update is to enable partners to begin preparing requests in advance of receiving the guidance and application materials next week, which we will also post on the Global Fund website. We encourage partners to take an inclusive approach to developing requests, particularly regarding the inclusion of civil society, whilst recognizing the need for speed and the constraints resulting from pandemic control measures.
Building on the grant flexibilities introduced in March, the Global Fund is launching a new COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) to support countries in responding rapidly to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating its negative impact on HIV, TB, and malaria programs and on health and community systems.
Countries are expected to evaluate options within the current available grant flexibilities before submitting a request for C19RM.
Conditions to access C19RM include:
Considerations for countries when preparing requests to access C19RM include:
Requests for funding for C19RM must be submitted by the CCM.
The Secretariat will approve requests through C19RM on a rolling basis. To ensure equity among applicants, approvals may be limited to portions (rather than the totals) of the applications. Approval for interventions within one request might also be staggered, resulting in funding being provided at different stages of the process. All decisions will be transparently reported on the Global Fund website.
Thank you for your commitment in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and the new threat of COVID-19. The Global Fund stands ready to support you.